take this to mean you want a timepiece that’s neither run-ofthe-mill nor novelty. Nixon has plenty of options, some subtly off-centre with interesting numbering and placement – the full neon digital versions have a whiff of arrested development about them, so may be best avoided (nixon.com). Paul Smith has one with colourful numbers (paulsmith.com), while in the luxury realm, I quite like the square Tag Heuer Monaco – quite aside from its Steve McQueen in Le Mans cool, at certain hours it looks like it has an angry face (mrporter. com). But if you really want to mess with people’s heads, how about this 24-hour watch from Perth start-up Jacopo Dondi (pictured, $280, jacopodondi. com)? Just don’t try to tell the time after too many whiskies.